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Matt’s El Rancho and More Tex-Mex in South Austin

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As most of us know, the Austin food scene is one of the best in the entire state. Our Tex-Mex scene is top-notch and definitely helps us rank high as a foodie city!

The South Austin Tex-Mex scene is perfect for any and all occasions, you can’t go wrong with any spot on this list. Starting with Matt’s El Rancho you can try one or try them all, but we think you should try them all!

Matt’s El Rancho is known for their incredible food and most off all the Kock Out Martinis! They have everything you didn’t know you needed. They have a huge outdoor seating area so you can keep your social distance during this time. And don’t forget to order the fajitas to share with family and friends!

They used to allow guests waiting for a table to hang around the bar to drink and mingle but now that space is used too to help space out tables. Instead, you can bring some drinks of your own and tailgate in the parking lot while you wait to be seated! It’s a win-win for everyone

🗓 MON–WED & SUN | 11AM–9PM
🗓 THU–SAT | 11AM–9PM

📍 2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Come for Polvo’s authentic and traditional Mexican food and stay late for their pitcher of margs! They have an extensive menu for any time of the day and even offer one of the best happy hours in the city. They open at 7AM every day of the week making it a perfect spot for you to kick start your day!

🗓 MON–THUR & SUN | 9:30AM–10PM
🗓 FRI & SAT | 9:30AM–11PM

📍 2004 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

Güeros authentic Mexican food was opened by a couple 60 years ago and is now run by their two daughters. The outdoor patio space is perfect to enjoy an icy cold Mexican beer, hand-shaken margarita, or anything else from the full bar all while enjoying the people watching South Congress offers. You can watch the hand made tortillas being made right in front of your eyes. They make for some of the best tacos in the city!


📍 1412 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704 

El Mercado is an Austin staple offering up an awesome atmosphere and an even better happy hour. With some of the best chips, queso, and margaritas you are sure to leave full! The service is good, the food is better, and the drinks are stronger. Trust us! 

🗓 FRI–SAT | 11AM–10PM

📍 1302 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704 

We’ve been taking full advantage of Serrano’s happy hour thanks to their $2 off special of their Tableside Margarita, Flaca Margarita, Tequila Shots, La Perfecta Margarita, Mexican Martini, and Classic Margaritas. Talk about a mouthful! Also, trust us when we tell you to try their mouth-watering carnitas. We are drooling just talking about them!

🗓 TUE–FRI | 11AM–9PM
🗓 SAT & SUN | 10AM–9PM

📍9500 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78748 

We take queso very seriously here in ATX, and DK Maria’s does it right. Grab your friends and be sure to order their DKM queso; it is to die for! And if you’re needing that weekend buzz, treat yourself with the One and Done drink, made with 1800 tequila, fresh lime juice, Paula’s Texas Orange, and Gran Gala.

Current To Go Hours:

🗓 Everyday | 11AM–10PM 

Normal Hours:

🗓 MON–THUR | 11AM–10PM
🗓 FRI–SAT | 11AM–11PM
🗓 SUN | 11AM–10PM

📍 1807 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78748 

We’ve recently found the deal of the year… two margaritas AND one order of queso for $7. How could you go wrong?! And my absolute favorite thing about El Chilito is that they have breakfast ALL DAY! You heard that right! 


📍 4501 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745 

Maudie’s Too is an Austin Tex-Mex favorite that has some of the best appetizers, including bean dip, nachos compuestos, and flautitas. Come hungry and ready to have fun, because Maudie’s will not disappoint. 

🗓 FRI & SAT | 9AM–9:30PM

📍1212 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 

Stay Connected!

We want to follow along on your South Austin Tex-Mex adventure, starting with Matt’s El Rancho, of course. Follow us on InstagramFacebook, and TikTok and tag us in all your foodie photos @StuffToDoInAustin!

Christina Pennell

Christina Pennell

Christina is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe to our text and email, and follow us on social!

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